Drug cases keep Kapit Magistrate’s Court busy

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KAPIT, Oct 27: A total of 15 people who were among 26 people charged for drug abuse activities in the Magistrate’s Court here were given jail sentences ranging between three months to five years yesterday and today.

They also received fines ranging between RM2,500 to RM4,500 in default of two years’ jail after they pleaded guilty to the offence.

One of the accused was ordered to undergo rehabilitation in Sekolah Akhlak Kuching for three years.

They were charged under Sections 39B, 39A (1), 39A (2), 12 (2), 15 (1) (a) and 39C of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, involving a total of 31 charges.

Two people were charged under Section 39C of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. One pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and one stroke of the rotan.

The second had his case adjourned to Nov 19 for further mention together with 11 other persons.

Of the 26 persons aged between 16 to 58, 23 of them were men while the rest were women.

Meanwhile Kapit District Police Chief, DSP Freddy Bian said from January this year until today, his department has taken action against 11 repeat drug offence accused persons under Section 39C of the same Act.

Upon conviction, the accused face imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than seven years and not more than three strokes of the rotan.

“Our Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department is currently in the process of locating several more people who have been convicted twice under Section 15 (1) (a) for drug abuse who can be prosecuted under Section 39C of the same Act,” he said.

He said though drug abuse activities in Kapit and Bukit Mabong districts were not very serious, continuous action needed to be carried out to curb such activity. — DayakDaily